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American Heart Association Policy Advisor, Healthcare Economics in Birmingham, Alabama


Are you ready to join an organization where you can be a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives?

Envision all Americans enjoying ideal cardiovascular health free of heart disease and stroke. At the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association, we get to work toward that goal every single day. Is it easy? No. Is it worthwhile? You bet!

This is satisfying work that makes a real difference in people's lives. You can achieve professional growth with personal fulfillment. You will connect with people and make a lifesaving impact. You will partner with individuals, schools, lawmakers, healthcare providers and others to ensure everyone has access to healthier lifestyle choices and proper healthcare.


The American Heart Association (AHA) has an excellent opportunity for a Policy Advisor in our National Center. Location of select candidate is flexible as long as it allows for effective and cost-efficient travel.

In this role, you will have lead responsibility and accountability for the AHA major initiative around healthcare payment models, conducted independently or in collaboration with other partners. This includes serving as the Association's point person and spokesperson with partners, funders, and government agency representatives.

This position will serve as the Association's primary healthcare payment models subject matter expert, and will be responsible for convening experts to inform, shape and advance the AHA's program and policy work in this space. The incumbent will manage relations with The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, (CMS) and Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI.

The incumbent will work in partnership with Advocacy staff colleagues in the development of public policy fact sheet and regulatory comments. Additionally, this will include working in partnership with volunteers, academic institutions, and stakeholder groups to develop white papers, Association principles and policy positions, policy briefs and other materials that support the AHA's work.

The incumbent will be responsible for managing project budgets and procuring/overseeing contracted services and deliverables. They may also be called upon to recruit and supervise paid and unpaid interns.

As a member of the Advocacy department and team, the incumbent will be expected to participate and potential lead other intradepartmental and interdepartmental working groups and initiatives.

This is a full time, grant funded, benefits eligible opportunity. Current funding is through 6/30/2023.

*Due to the current pandemic, travel is minimal and voluntary to ensure the health and safety of staff. There is no overnight travel currently. In the future, this position may resume daily/overnight travel*

Essential Job Duties:

  • Leads major initiatives, incluing expert conveneings and publication of consensus statements and recommendations.

  • Serves as subject matter expert internally and external to the American Heart Association. Develops policy statements (published and unpublished), regulatory comments, model legislation, policy briefs, and other material to support of AHA advocacy and programmatic efforts.

  • Interacts with funders, government agencies, coalitions, and/or external partners relevant to the Association's health care payment work. Represents the AHA at conferences and meetings. Speak on behalf of the AHA in areas of expertise.

  • Management of budget resources, contracted services, and the occassional intern opportunities.

  • Participate and occassionally lead in interdepartmental and intradepartmental working groups.

  • Other duties as assigned

Want to help get your resume to the top? Take a look at the experience we require:


  • Advanced Degree – Master’s in Healthcare Administration, MBA, MPH or related field of study.

  • Minimum of eight (8) years of:

  • Knowledge of insurance models and systems, heath care economics.

  • Knowledge of health care payment models, including new and innovative value-based payment approaches.

  • Management of external relationships with government agencies, national coalitions, or other potential partners.

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.

  • Ability to work both independently and in a team environment.

  • Ability to work under deadline pressures.

  • Ability to convene people, orient them to a shared purpose, and drive to results.

  • Must be able to travel overnight approx. 10% of the time.

Here are some of the preferred skills/experiences we are looking for:

  • 5-8 years of experience working in a government agency on healthcare economics and/or healthcare payments.

  • 5-8 years of experience working at a health insurance carrier or health plan.

  • Knowledge and/or experience of clinical healthcare systems.

So, are you ready to work for the largest voluntary health organization dedicated to fighting heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases?

Compensation & Benefits


Pay is commensurate with experience; geographic differentials may apply.

Benefit Plans:

Our Rewards & Benefits package not only gives you the total benefits you want, but also goes above and beyond with innovative programs to develop your skills – helping you grow and thrive at the American Heart Association. To learn more about our benefit offerings please visit:

At American Heart Association | American Stroke Association, diversity, inclusion, and equal opportunity applies to both our workforce and the communities we serve as it relates to heart health and stroke prevention.

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EOE/Protected Veterans/Persons with Disabilities

Location US-TX-Dallas

Posted Date 6 days ago (9/10/2021 7:45 PM)

Requisition ID 2021-7468

Job Family Group Health Strategies & Programs

Job Category Advocacy

Additional Locations Diversity Distribution US - Top 50


Location: Birmingham,AL